Are there better antibiotics to take for sinus infection that won't cause UC flares?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 172
   Posted 11/21/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going to the GP today b/c my scratchy throat turned sore this morning, with lots of other sinus infection type symptoms.
In August, I had sinus infection and the antibiotic I was put on POSSIBLY through me into the flare I've been taking pred for and I only have two more doses of pred and I'm done!
I don't want to flare b/c of an antibiotic and wanted to know what others took that helped the sinus infection, but didn't hurt their remission or UC, in general.
THANKS and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week  which started on 9/28/07:  40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5 every other day, 5 every three days, done!

Post Edited (AlabamaBabs) : 11/21/2007 9:21:21 AM (GMT-7)

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 11/21/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I get a lot of sinus infections. I take either a z-pac or a penicillin. Neither has ever caused a flare for me... I've always kept my remission.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 11/21/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I have used the Zpack with no troubles but I find that if I take my antibiotics with yogurt that it helps keeping me from having symptoms from the antibiotics. Not sure if you have to wait in between taking the antibiotics and yogurt though but I know that there is a waiting period between taking an antibitoic and a probiotic. So it stands to reason the same should be true for yogurt.
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-75mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Hydrocortisone enemas**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** 
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
~Fibromyalgia - '06~
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@


Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 616
   Posted 11/21/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I avoid antibiotics as much as possible, and I usually get 3 to 4 sinus infections per year. Last time I was on antibiotics I got C diff, and you don't want that!!!
So here's my recipe for stopping a sinus infection from developing:
Go to the dr. and get prescription strength sudafed and some samples or a prescription for nasonex.
Take the sudafed and use the nasonex.
Get a "neti pot" (as seen on Oprah) they seem to be usually at Walgreen's
Use the neti pot a few times per day, even if it seems like it's not working.
Take tylenol if necessary.
I've avoided 3 sinus infections this year, haven't had one since January :)
Current Meds

Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
Omega-3 once daily
Tenth Remicade infusion Early December

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 11/21/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd try the nasonex first, I don't use it often because it's a steroid and 2 times when I was a kid I became addicted to nasal spray so I'm very careful about using nasal sprays anymore, with the exeption of Salenex which is basically a salt water nasal spray to help with stuffy noses...

But probiotics are an excellent idea daily even if you're not on antibiotics.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Elite Member

Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 11/21/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
As far as I know, it varies from person to person what, if any, antibiotics they can take. I've not had any problems with Cipro. If oral antibiotics aren't a possibility, talk to your doctor about antibiotic injections. Those shouldn't affect the intestinal bacteria.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
"If you spend your time second-guessing your past decisions, you'll never have time to enjoy today."

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 11/21/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd avoid Biaxin like the plague. Possible side effects include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, changes in taste and headache. This stuff is actually what I believe triggered my UC. It was prescribed by my GP. When I talked to my gastro's nurse about how sick it made me, she said it was "one of the worst" antibiotics to prescribe for anyone with gut troubles.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 11/21/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
The only antibiotic i could ever take was flagyl. In fact a z-pack was what started all my trouble in the first place! and then a dose of cipro sent me into another flare, and a dose of something else did the same. A shot or IV is really the best way to go, if you can get your dr to go for that
snaej ni tfel eht no cip

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4509
   Posted 11/21/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on a z-pack last week and it didn't cause me any issues. I've also taken amoxicillin a couple times since being diagnosed and it didn't cause me any problems. I was also on Augmentin and some IV antibiotics (not sure what)...also had a shot of some antibiotic ...all of these since being diagnosed in March. None seemed to affect my UC. I actually usually feel better UC-wise when I'm on antibiotics. I took Flagyl when first diagnosed and it caused pretty awful side effects for me...but I don't think the doctors would prescribe that for a sinus infection anyway. Hope you feel better soon!
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1201
   Posted 11/21/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   

You are probably sick of me repeating myself, but the MAYO clinic has found fungus, not bacteria to be a cause of sinusitis.  I would try antifungals as the articles below mention.....

Just my two cents, of course. Why take a gamble by introducing antibiotics into your body, if you don't need to? I'd give the antifungal/spray thing a try first, if it were me.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 172
   Posted 11/22/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the great responses and helpful hints! I found out that I have bronchitis, not sinus infection. The NP gave me an inhaler and decongestant. If I don't get better by Saturday, I can fill an antibiotic script. If I could just get the congestion to come out, I'd be much better. I think I've had this for awhile, but didn't realize it until I started tapering to 5mg of pred every three days, now. I have read that pred can "mask" other symptoms. I am so glad she didn't put me on more pred, but I really shared my feelings on both pred and antibiotics and how I didn't want anything that would send me back into a flare and/or back onto pred. She listened better than the GP and the GI!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week  which started on 9/28/07:  40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5 every other day, 5 every three days, done!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 11/22/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
have you tried that musconex (sp?) stuff, my husband swears by it! and vicks is also really good to get the stuff out. My grandma swears by rocking rye (whiskey) and actually they all do seem to work!
feel better
snaej ni tfel eht no cip

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:27 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,993,358 posts in 328,035 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161225 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, wendigomike.
320 Guest(s), 11 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
DBwithUC, xpeetzax, Gemlin, hypnotic63, AtomAnt, Toyoung, Cmburks, sierraDon, shanna j, Busted1, hopeforbetter